Our Father Knows Best

Our Father

OUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT’S BEST FOR US

SO WHY SHOULD WE COMPLAIN

WE ALWAYS WANT THE SUNSHINE

BUT HE KNOWS THERE MUST BE RAIN

WE LIKE THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER

AND THE MERRIMENT OF CHEER

BUT OUR HEARTS WILL LOSE THEIR TENDERNESS

IF WE NEVER SHED A TEAR

OUR FATHER TESTS US OFTEN

WITH SUFFERING AND WITH SORROW

HE TESTS US, NOT TO PUNISH US

BUT TO HELP US MEET TOMORROW

FOR GROWING TREES ARE STRENGTHENED

WHEN THEY WITHSTAND THE STORM

AND THE SHARP CUT OF THE CHISEL

GIVES THE MARBLE GRACE AND FORM

OUR FATHER NEVER HURTS US NEEDLESLY

AND HE NEVER WASTE OUR PAIN

FOR EVERY LOSS HE SENDS TO US

IS FOLLOWED BY A RICH GAIN

AND WHEN WE COUNT THE BLESSINGS

THAT GOD HAS SO FREELY SENT

WE WILL FIND NO CAUSE FOR MURMURING

AND NO TIME TO LAMENT

FOR OUR FATHER LOVES HIS CHILDREN

AND TO HIM ALL THINGS ARE PLAIN

SO HE NEVER SENDS US PLEASURE

WHEN THE SOUL’S DEEP NEED IS PAIN

SO WHENEVER WE ARE TROUBLED

AND WHEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG

IT IS JUST GOD WORKING IN US

TO MAKE OUR SPIRIT STRONG

By: Helen Steiner Rice

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